Picture of My Ancestor

The page is from a 1978 black history month calendar. Despite, my great great grandfather exuding black excellence, I never knew of his existence. Dr. Amos descended from a legacy of educated black men who dedicated their lives to aiding others. All their accomplishments are unknown to the general public; however, I'm proud to share my recent discoveries. My ancestor fled Virginia due to racial persecution from the Ku Klux Klan and relocated to New York City. Dr. Amos wanted to develop preventive medicine for everyone, but common sense lost to the overwhelming hatred in the South. After his migration, he established a general practice in Harlem. He later became Harlem Hospital's first black visiting physician on the Obstetric in-service and the first black visiting adjunct physician. Likewise, he asserted his influence in community politics and fraternal affairs. Dr. Amos's story inspired many black people to excel beyond their inherited socioeconomic adversities.  Unlike my predecessor, I don’t plan on entering the medical field.  I want to become a film director/screenwriter and then transition into politics. Film and politics are two fields that lack severely in diversity; therefore, if I can harness even a fraction of my ancestor’s perseverance-- I will succeed in my goals.

Year: 1914

– Ivoryona Williams

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more